In the northern part of St. Vincent’s on the Caribbean island, thousands of people are being evacuated by the eruption of La Safrier. Officials take into account that this could happen in a very short period of time. About 16,000 people have to seek refuge.
Authorities have dispatched four ships in the evacuation operation, which will arrive on the island later today and take people to surrounding islands such as Saint Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and Antigua.
Also, people can choose to go to one of the island’s camps. The Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Gonzalez, advises people to get vaccinated first. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
“Suddenly it goes very fast,” an expert from the seismic center of the University of the West Indies told the Andhra News Agency. He says it is unpredictable whether the eruption will occur in a few hours or days. “But the explosive phase of the eruption will happen suddenly.”
The archipelago of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, with a population of about 100,000, has not seen any volcanic activity since 1979. In 1902, the La Sfrier erupted, killing more than 1,000 people.
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